Hours and Admission

Observation Tower

Hours and admission of Wildlife Drive, Indigo Trail, the Bailey Tract, and the Visitor & Education Center listed below.

Wildlife Drive: closed on ALL Fridays, open ALL holidays unless it falls on a Friday

  January  7:00 a.m.5:30 p.m.
February7:00 a.m.5:30 p.m.
March   7:00 a.m. (7:30 a.m. DST)*      6:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. DST)*   
April7:00 a.m.7:00 p.m.
May7:00 a.m.7:30 p.m. 
June7:00 a.m.8:00 p.m.
July7:00 a.m.8:00 p.m.
August7:00 a.m.7:30 p.m.
September7:00 a.m.7:00 p.m.
October7:30 a.m.6:30 p.m.
November7:30 a.m. (7:00 a.m. ST)*6:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. ST)*
December7:00 a.m.5:30 p.m.

Admission: $10 per vehicle, $1 per pedestrian, $1 per bicycle

* Daylight Savings Time (DST)

* Savings Time (ST)


The Refuge Annual Pass is $25 as of October 1, 2020.


Indigo Trail & the Bailey Tract   

 Year-round    open at sunrise    close at sunset  
Indigo Trail Admission: $1 per pedestrian, $1 per bicycle (no vehicles)

Bailey Tract Admission: FREE, pedestrian and bicycles only 


DOWNLOAD LINK: New Refuge Fees Tear Sheet with Map

DOWNLOAD LINK:  Refuge Fees Increase Information Flyer 


Visitor & Education Center: Open Everyday, except some holidays 

Year-round    9:00 a.m.     4:00 p.m.   
Admission: FREE

Holiday Closures: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. 

Open: on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day  


Tarpon Bay Recreation Area: Opens at 8:00 a.m. everyday except December 25th

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